A joint (joynt) is where two or more bones are joined together. Joints can be rigid, like the joints between the bones in your skull, or movable, like knees, hips, and shoulders. Many joints have cartilage (KAHRT-uh-lij) on the ends of the bones where they come together. Healthy cartilage helps you move by allowing bones to glide over one another. It also protects bones by preventing them from rubbing against each other. Keeping your joints healthy will allow you to run, walk, jump, play sports, and do the other things you like to do. Physical activity, a balanced diet, avoiding injuries, and getting plenty of sleep will help you stay healthy and keep your joints healthy too.
Although engaging in regular exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you have joint pain, it can aid your recovery and keep your joints healthy. Walking, cycling, and swimming are some great examples. These exercises can help thicken your joint cartilage, minimising the risk of wear and tear. They are also enjoyable, and you can exercise with a friend, so you do not feel alone. Regular exercise is particularly beneficial for those who have arthritis. Not only does it reduce pain, but it also relieves any joint stiffness that you may be experiencing. This is because the muscles around your joints become stronger, easing swelling, and decreasing bone loss. Ideally, you will engage in low-impact exercises like bike riding and swimming.